Brrr! It has been a cold, cold couple of
weeks. We find ourselves sorting
through the sweaters in the closet, looking for the warmest, heaviest ones to
wear. This leads to the realization
that boy, does Carol have a lot of sweaters!
In keeping with the name of the store, however, she remains of the
opinion that one can never have enough sweaters. How about you? Do YOU
have a plentiful amount of sweaters?
In other news, Barb is
recovering nicely from her surgery. She
is looking forward to mid-March when she is released to come back to One finished item that
has already found its way into the store is an adorable hedgehog. This project used some leftover
double-knitting weight yarn and fun fur.
While Barb and Carol aren’t particularly fond of knitting toys, this
little guy has stolen our hearts.
work and pet see all the wool again. We have all missed her, and look
forward to seeing all the beautiful creations she will have completed during
We are still awaiting
the shipment of Classic Elite Liberty Wool. In the meantime, we are also trying to
determine just how to make room for the new summer yarns that are
arriving. There are some old favourites
(Cascade Ultra Pima, Katia Jaipur, and Schachenmayr Tahiti)
with new colours, as well as something new and exciting – Cascade Sunseeker! Now to find room for them all …
Don’t forget to bring
in pictures of your finished objects, or the projects themselves! We are counting the yardage of wools &
yarns that we consume in a year, with the hope of accumulating enough yardage
to go ‘round the world at least once. I
learned that the distance around the equator of the earth is 400,750m. To date (Feb. 12), we have consumed
14,470m. That is a lot of yardage! In other news, one of
our suppliers, Estelle, is hosting an on-line class/knit-a-long beginning March
2, and ending on May 11. The “clues”
(pattern and helpful hints) will be released every Monday, on their Facebook
page, Ravelry page, and blog. There are
6 official weeks of clues, with an additional four weeks for finishing. Every person who finishes and submits a photo
of their finished sweater is eligible for a prize. The catch? You must use a
yarn that is sold to us by Estelle Yarns – King Cole Authentic (arriving on our
shelves soon), King Cole Splash or Flash (already here), Cascade Ultra Pima, or
Cascade Sunseeker to name a few.
Don’t forget our “open
knitting” times – Wednesday afternoon, Thursday evening, and Saturday
afternoons. Of course, any time we are
open you are welcome to drop in for a cup of tea and some stitching as
We attempt to keep our class fees at the lowest
possible rates. In
order to do so, we
ask that our students purchase their supplies here at the shop. In addition, we offer
class discounts to our
note that if you are
not able to finish your project in the allotted time, you are welcome
continue attending the lesson times until you are finished.
You must register for
your class before class time. Class
times are generally Tuesday afternoon from 1-3:00 pm and Tuesday evening 7-9:00
pm. Other times may be arranged to
suit, but we will strive to hold classes primarily on Tuesdays. Drop-in knitters are always welcome, space
Building in Color – Michelle Hunter has done it again! An afghan worked in multi-coloured
techniques to expand your knitting horizons.
Our next class session is February 11, at 10:30 am. The plan will be to meet and start the panel
in question and then for homework, finish the panel to be ready for the next
month. There are ten colour panels, a
class to discuss seaming, and another class to discuss the borders. Cost is $25, plus materials and book.
Fisherman Knit Vest
– as seen in Knitting
Traditions Spring 2014. We are still
working on our vests, and having a grand adventure. So many different colours are being used, and every one of them is
beautiful. It isn’t too late to start,
although the drop-dead deadline is rapidly approaching. Cost is $25.00 plus materials (400g aran or
worsted weight –Aran with Wool works fabulously!). We anticipate that this project will take approximately 6-8 weeks
Entrelac Scarf – Learn entrelac by making a beautiful
scarf. Knit in tiers, the scarf looks
as though woven. Using a long-colour
repeat yarn, your scarf will be the envy of your friends. Class begins Tuesday, February 3, at either
1:00 or 7:00 pm, and continuing through the month of February. Cost:
$25.00 plus materials (approx. 200g wool and needles).
Socks from the Toes
Up – using Barb & Carol’s
magic sock pattern. Learning the
toes-up sock technique means that you can use up every last little bit of your
sock yarn, an especially useful trick if you have some special sock yarn gifted
to you by a loved one. (Carol’s
daughter is especially likely to give her mother some special sock yarn! Do you have a family member who resembles
this?!) Class starts March 3, at either
1:00 p.m. or 7:00 p.m. and runs through the Tuesdays of March. Cost is $25 plus materials.
Back to Basics
Cardigan – using the book from
Paton’s and worsted weight wool. This
is a great project to learn garment construction. We will be starting on April 7, at either 1:00 pm or 7:00 pm, and
continuing through th emonth. Class
cost is $25.00, plus materials.
Stitch: Every Wednesday afternoon,
from 1 until
3. Bring your
latest project and join
us for some stitching, questions answered, tea, and lots of laughter. Everyone is welcome!
Stitching: Every Saturday, from 2
until 4. What
better way to spend a Saturday
afternoon than with friends both new and old, some handwork, and some
Night: Every Thursday, from 7
until 9. Although
it’s called Knitting Night,
crocheters are encouraged and welcomed.
There is plenty of friendship, tea, and yummy
goodies for all.